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Maurice discusses budget for upcoming fiscal year

MAURICE — While things could always be better, they could be much worse.
That is the way officials in the Village of Maurice are viewing the operating budget for the upcoming year. The village’s fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30.
The Maurice Board of Aldermen discussed the proposed budget during a special meeting on June 5. It will be up for approval at the next regular meeting, scheduled for 6 p.m. on June 19.
“There wasn’t anything really controversial,” Mayor Wayne Theriot said. “It’s not great and it’s not bad.
“It’s pretty much right in the middle.”
While Theriot said revenues are increasing, a conservative approach will remain.
“We are kind of holding back on expenses until we see the revenues continue to increase of the next few months,” Theriot said.
Sales tax revenue projections have been set at $45,000 per month during the past couple of years. After consistently topping those projections, the number will be increase for the upcoming budget.
“We are setting it at $50,000,” Theriot said. “Hopefully we can go well beyond that number.”
As he has often done in the past, Theriot commended the effort of the village’s employees for helping to keep expenses in line.
“They do a great job,” Theriot said. “From our Chief of Police (Guy Nerren) and his department, to all the employees, we all take a conservative approach.
“I want to commended them for the job that they do.”

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